Tray bake: Apricot and almond fingers

Baking: This apricot and almond tray bake will be a popular biscuit-tin filler

Apricot and almond fingers.

This apricot and almond tray bake will be popular as a biscuit tin filler

Raspberry millefeuilles. Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: Construct as many layers of pastry, cream and berries as you dare

Meringues can be made up to a week in advance and stored in an airtight container until needed

Vanessa Greenwood: As good weather arrives, make the most of the abundant fruit

Plum upside-down cake. Photograph: iStock

If it’s not the weather for cooking outdoors, you can stick this in the oven instead

Rich chocolate muffins. Photograph: Harry Weir

Bigger is better when it comes to these light and fluffy treats

Unicorn cake
Unicorn cake

Makes one large 20cm cake

A unicorn cake that makes a big impression

Vanessa Greenwood: This is easier to make than you'd think. And it's fun to decorate

Easter parade: served on Good Friday, hot cross buns mark the end of Lent

Vanessa Greenwood: I love them halved, toasted and spread with lots of butter

Hot cross buns

Vanessa Greenwood’s apple slices. Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: These deliciously fruity slices are as easy to make as apple pie

Photograph: Harry Weir
Apple slices

Pastry base, apple centre and soft sponge topping

Banoffee pavlova

A delicious twist on the classic biscuit base banoffee

Banoffee pavlova

Vanessa Greenwood: A delicious twist on the classic biscuit-base banoffee

Baked cheesecake with red berry glaze. Photograph: Harry Weir

The red berry glaze gives an impressive finish and covers over any cracks

Baked cheesecake with red berry glaze. Photograph: Harry Weir

Makes a 20cm round cheesecake

Fruit cobbler. Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: This fruit cobbler is a quick and easy after-supper treat

Vanessa Greenwood’s fruit cobbler
Fruit cobbler

Mint chocolate bars. Photograph: Harry Weir

A chocolatey base is topped with a fondant filling. Try them straight from the freezer

Serve your rhubarb pie warm, with ice cream or freshly whipped cream.

Vanessa Greenwood: No need to prebake the pastry base with this easy recipe

Rhubarb pie
Rhubarb pie

Plain scones. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Truly Irish scones are made like white soda bread and are delicious with cream and jam

Flapjacks – the simple way. Photograph:  Harry Weir Photography

Vanessa Greenwood: Plenty of flour and not too much syrup are the keys to success

Flapjacks by Venessa Greenwood. Photograph: Harry Weir

Jammy banana tartlets: unusual but delicious. Photograph: Harry Weir

Pairing a traditional pastry with the exotic flavour of bananas creates a special dessert

Apricot twists

Apricot twists. Photograph: Harry Weir

These sweet apricot twists are simple to make for a weekend breakfast treat

Venessa Greenwood’s madeleines dipped in white chocolate. Photograph:   Harry Weir Photography

The shell-shaped cake’s plain appearance masks a delightfully light and fluffy sponge

Vanessa Greenwood’s baked plums. Photograph: Harry Weir

This combination of soft fruit, warm syrup and ice-cream is unbeatable

Passion fruit tart

Delicious and special: passion fruit tart

This zingy, easy-to-make tart, served with whipped cream, is a dessert to savour

Florentines. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Use up the leftover dried fruit from Christmas for these beautiful chocolate treats


Christmas chocolate roulade.

Decorate into a Yule log for an elaborate, luxurious seasonal centrepiece

Shortbread is very easy to make, with the added benefit of containing ingredients you probably already have. Photograph: Harry Weir

Simple cutter shapes ensure these tasty cookies hold their shapes

Chocolate bar cakes. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Don’t break the mould – you’ll need it for these festive cake bars

Make your own mincemeat this year, with this simple recipe

White chocolate mousse cake

These gluten-free treats are sure to impress. Make them in advance for effortless entertaining

Vanessa Greenwood’s white-chocolate mousse cake. Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: Make them in advance for effortless entertaining

Maple-roasted pecan pie photographed by Harry Weir

This deliciously rich dessert is a favourite on American tables at this time of year

 Vanessa Greenwood’s pistachio bakewell plait. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Pureed and chopped pistachios, and pomegranate, bring Middle Eastern sparkle

Variation on a classic slice: instead of jam, the middle layer is enriched with berries, adding a pleasant tartness that contrasts with the sweet buttery shortbread.

Served as slices or cut into squares, these are irresistible any time of day

Sticky, delicious, moreish. Photograph: Harry Weir

Baking: You won’t be able to resist this dessert, especially when served with ice cream

Chocolate pear tart with salted caramel. Photograph:  Harry Weir Photography

Vanessa Greenwood: Add wow factor to pear and almond tart with a salted caramel layer

Battenburg cake. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Battenberg is the king of cakes – and constructing it is a budding engineer’s dream

Banana bread. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Vanessa Greenwood: This chocolatey banana bread is delicious for dessert with ice cream

Photograph: Harry Weir

This chocolatey version is totally irresistible and doubles as a delicious dessert served with ice cream (serve with some extra me(...)

Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: Sandwich-style biscuits open a trove of icing and flavour options

Photograph: Harry Weir
Orange cream biscuits

Blueberry muffins: delicious and easy to make. Photograph: Harry Weir

Vanessa Greenwood: This 45-minute recipe produces a deliciously light texture

Red fruit and white chocolate bread and butter pudding.  Photograph:  Harry Weir

This mouth-watering version is light and moist with berries and white chocolate

Similar to the flapjack but with less sugar and butter, these oat bars are also nut-free. Photograph: Harry Weir

Friday is often treat day and these tasty delights will thrill your child

Nut-free oatie bars

Blackberry and apple crumble. Photograph: Harry Weir

This crumble recipe will produce a chewy rim of fruity lava to ooze through the topping

No cherries? Soft fruits such as figs, blueberries and blackberries can be substituted. Photograph: Harry Weir

Black cherries in a sweetened batter make a delicious and comforting treat

Photograph: Harry Weir

It only takes a few minutes to make up the batter, and washing-up is minimal

Crosata tart can be served at room temperature, but gently warming it  loosens the filling.  Photograph: iStock

Mediterranean tips about the wonders of baked fruit

Once you have a rich biscuit dough you can transform it into all sorts of tasty treats

PEach polenta cake. Photograph: Harry Weir

This is the best cake for the alternative coconut, almond and rice flours

Key lime pie. Photograph: Harry Weir

This delicious treat is incredibly easy and can be whipped up in no time

Photograph: Harry Weir

This berry tart is easy and delicious, the perfect home-made dessert to rustle up in summer

Photograph: Harry Weir

Before you start snipping bunches, a little goes a long way – especially if it's dried

Coffee slices: it’s okay to lick your fingers. Photograph: Harry Weir

Coffee slices are deceptively easy to make and taste lip-smackingly good

Photograph: Harry Weir

Health gurus today recognise the slow energy release provided by humble oats

Tuiles with gooseberry ice cream. Photograph: Harry Weir

A few vigorous whisks while it is in the freezer and it will be ready in less than six hours

Gooseberry ice creamin tuile baskets. Photograph: Harry Weir

This gooseberry ice cream recipe is easy to make and doesn’t require an electric ice cream churn

Pink meringues. Photograph: Harry Weir

A mound of white, pink, yellow or blue meringues looks stunning at a family gathering

Pavlova is stunningly beautiful when laden with soft summer fruits. Photograph: Harry Weir Photography

Pavlova is a fabulous occasion dessert and perfect for entertaining

Vanessa Greenwood’s vegan chocolate pudding. Photograph: Harry Weir

This comforting chocolate pudding ticks most boxes, and not just for vegans

This comforting chocolate pudding ticks most boxes, and not just for vegans

Victoria Sandwich has a light, moist and buttery texture. Photograph: Harry Weir

This classic sponge is elegant, simple and perfect for summer with strawberries

Wholemeal brown scones with cream and jam. Photograph: Harry Weir

Nothing brightens a morning tea or coffee like these surprisingly easy scones

Baked Alaska: make this using one old fashioned brick of crowd-pleasing raspberry-ripple ice cream

Ice cream inside a hot oven goes against all logic and requires a degree of mental physics

Photograph: Harry Weir
Baked Alaska

Baking: Gateau Diane is an old favourite and ideal for a party or special occasion

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